Monthly Archives: March 2019

Fonseca Vintage Port 1995 #2

Estimated cost of this Fonseca Vintage Port 1995 bottle of 750 ml is 55 Euro.

Taste notes right after decanting

Light red just a few notes below blood.

Thin aroma that needs more time to develop.

Soft tannin and sweetness in the taste, but not quite balanced.

Intermediate rating 88 /100

8 hours after decanting

Dark red in the colour.

Medium strength aroma with a sweet dried fruits and alcohol.

Thin curtains on the sides of the glass.

Much more bite to the taste. Good medium strength dried fruits, sweet raisins in the after taste that has a nice length.

Overall rating 90 / 100

Grauballe – Hvede

Grauballe brewery was established by Else Birk and William Frank in 2002, in old farm buildings just outside of Grauballe, Silkeborg, Denmark.

I bought this biodynamic beer from a supermarket in Odense, Denmark at the price of 3 Euro for a 500 ml bottle at 4,7%

Thick flowing and yellow in the colour.

No head or foam top.

Powerful sweet fruit aroma with a delicious banana to it.

Heavy and full bodied in the taste, a sweetness with a weak fruit goes straight to the bitter tones in the after taste.

Overall rating 82 / 100

Bell’s brewery – Oberon Ale

Larry Bell founded The Kalamazoo Brewing Company, Inc. in 1983, but first started selling beer in 1985. The company is based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. The company expanded in 2003 and 2012, and in 2006 they changed their name to Bell’s Brewery. The brewery is today run by Larry’s daughter, Laura Bell.

I bought this beer from a wine shop in Odense, Denmark at the price of 3 Euro for a 1 pint / 16 fl.oz. bottle at 5,8%

Yellow and orange in the colour with a heavy sediment.

Medium sized head that quickly disappears.

Fresh, sweet and flowery hops aroma.

Medium CO2, hoppy taste with a sharp citrus sweetness to it. After taste ends in bitterness. Good balance between sweet and sour.

Unpasteurized and unfiltered. Let it stand for a while before pouring it to avoid large chunks of sediment.

Overall rating 81 / 100

Carlsberg – Brewmasters Hoppy Alpenweisse

Carlberg brewery was founded in 1847 by J. C. Jacobsen, located in Copenhagen, Denmark. The first export of beer barrels was in 1868 due to the high quality of the beer. In 1875 the Carlsberg laboratory was founded and in 1883 it succeeded to grow a clean beer yeast and avoid uncontrollable fermentation in the beer. To this day this yeast is still used all over the world for pilsner brewing.

J. C. Jacobsens son, Carl Jacobsen, rented himself into brewery buildings owned by his father in 1871. They never could agree on the quality of the brew where the son wanted to brew faster to meet demands. J. C. Jacobsen kicked his son out of the lease in 1880 and Carl Jacobsen built the brewery Ny Carlsberg next to the other breweries. The two breweries was first fusioned 19 years after the fathers death.

Carlberg bought Wiibroe brewery in 1964, Tuborg in 1970, Hannen-Brauerei in 1988, a fusion with Tetley in 1992 and in 2000 they took over Feldschlösschen.

From 2008 there is no longer brewed beer in Copenhagen, except on the small brewery called Jacobsen where special beer of higher quality is made.

Carlsberg is among the 4th largest brewery corporations in the world.

I bought this beer from a supermarket in Odense, Denmark at the price of 2 Euro for a 440 ml bottle at 5,4%

Good looking with its thick flowing orange colour.

Medium sized rough structured head with a fine foam top.

A bit of hops in the aroma, nothing else.

Heavy and sweet with a noticeable alcohol warmth. Good play between taste notes and hops.

Overall rating 78 / 100

Pocas 10 Years Old Tawny

In 1918 Manoel Domingues Poças Júnior and his uncle established Poças & comandita. Manoel Poças receives the Quinta das Quartas, the first of the company’s wine estate in the Douro, in payment of a debt. In 1959 Manoel’s grandsons Manuel and Jorge Pintão joined the firm. In 1962 the declaration of the first Poças Vintage. In 2006 the company remains on family hands with 4 generations working together.

I bought this 375 ml half-bottle at 20% at the price of 10 Euro in a Danish supermarket.

Faint brown colour with red notes in the reflections from light.

Heavy curtains are left on the side of the glass after swinging it around, they descent very slowly.

Overwhelming sweet fruit in the aroma accompanied by a more and more dominating alcohol as the aroma is swept out of the glass.

Very hot from the alcohol, good fruit but still too thin, faint notes of aged wood barrels, as the alcohol fades away it opens up for a good dried fruits in the after-taste which has longer than expected life time.

Overall rating 88 / 100

Croft Vintage Port 2000

Estimated cost of this Croft Vintage Port 2000 bottle of 750 ml is 38 Euro.

Taste notes right after decanting

Dark red with brown notes in the colour

Has a heavy swing to it already, leaves heavy curtains on the sides of the glass

Deep dark fruit with a spiced side in the aroma. Well performing right after opening the bottle.

Warm alcohol, full bodied taste with a dark side to it, though on the weak side. Slight notes of dried fruits with short after taste.

Intermediate rating 88 /100

3 hours after decanting

The alcohol has become more dominant in the aroma and there is no change to the taste.

Intermediate rating 87 /100

7 hours after decanting

Enhanced on the sweet notes, much more open, alcohol is less warm. A specific raisin taste has come forward. 

Tannin’s are still well alive and gives a good play.

Intermediate rating 90 /100

22 hours after decanting

Red as blood.

Still some alcohol in the aroma but certainly with a much more spicy and mysterious darkness about it.

Still bite from the tannin, warmth from the alcohol and a good full bodied taste.

Clear taste of dried fruits in taste and after taste.

Overall rating 90 / 100